We all know a bad joke when we hear one. Sometimes one person’s bad joke is another person’s knee slapper.
“If the mushroom was such a fungi, why didn’t they have the party at his house?”
“Because there wasn’t much-room.” – Dad Joke Generator
Because of its subjectiveness, humor is one of the most difficult tasks for artificial intelligence (AI) to achieve.
Even humans have a hard time trying to describe what makes something funny. What is it about these seemingly illogical connections of ideas that makes us smile and guffaw? In our darkest moments, humor is what brightens our days. Some will even argue that humor is what makes us human.
So, can AI generate humor?
Continue reading to learn more about AI, humor, and the ethical implications to consider when designing any trustworthy AI solution (including joke generators).
Computing humor is so difficult that many have considered it the “holy grail” of AI. Despite its challenges, many teams, like Stanford researchers He, Peng, and Liang (2019) and Graeme Ritchie at the University of Aberdeen, have been successful in creating AI that generates simple puns. While some of their jokes are amusing, many wouldn’t be considered funny to a mass audience.
An ethical AI joke generator might sound like a paradox, but when it comes to designing any model, it’s important to know and understand the ethical implications of AI gone wrong. Here are a few ways to prevent unintentional bias in AI:
While joke generators are a less serious use of AI, data scientists and business leaders alike can still learn from how they’re designed, tested, and deployed.
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated and republished.